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Obituary: Jean Temperance Isham

Jean Temperance Isham passed away April 15, 2015, peacefully in her home. She was 78 years old. Jean was born Sept. 24, 1936, in Calais, New Brunswick, Canada to Eliza Edgerly Hayward and Earl Hayward of Princeton, Maine.

In 1940, the family moved to Providence, Rhode Island.

Following in her mother's footsteps, Jean became a licensed registered nurse in the State of Rhode Island in March 1958.

May 9, 1959, she married Allan Burbeck Isham at Phillips Memorial Baptist Church in Cranston, Rhode Island. The newlyweds moved to Ohio where Jean continued to practice nursing until the couple started their family. Allan and Jean joined First Baptist Church in Newark, Ohio (American Baptist) and were very active. Jean was one of the first women deacons, served on many boards and committees, and sang in the choir. Jean balanced caring for her family with volunteer service in Girl Scouts of America and church. Jean loved to cook and to travel, both stemmed from her love of learning about people, places, history, art, life and God. In 1990, Jean earned a BA degree in psychology from The Ohio State University which opened to her other job opportunities: directing a battered women's shelter and counseling foster children.

In 2001, Jean and Allan retired to Prescott Valley, Arizona. They quickly became active with the Prescott Art Docents and Prescott United Methodist Church. As a Master Docent, Jean took art into the elementary schools and shared art with children. She enjoyed learning about art and meeting artists of all mediums. She was an artist herself with a sewing machine and shared that skill with the Altar Guild at church working on banners and hangings for the sanctuary. Her quilts are amazing and every grandchild has a baby quilt unique to him or her. She also designed and created quilts for weddings and graduations, wall hangings and bed spreads.

Jean is survived by her husband Allan Isham of Prescott Valley, Arizona; her sister, Rachel Saunders of Riverside, Rhode Island; daughter Diane Elizabeth Stevenson and spouse Craig Stevenson of Mesa, Arizona; daughter Christine Hayward Isham and spouse Kristin Van Heyningen of Davenport, Iowa; and five grandchildren, Shawn Isham Walsh, Carl Isham Stevenson, Joselyn Hayward Walsh, Sarah Jean Stevenson and Mark Allan Stevenson. She is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews on the East Coast, exchange students and families who hosted her daughters abroad who became family by choice; and neighbors and friends who came to consider her a sister. She enjoyed visiting friends around the world, cruising and educational traveling with Road Scholar.

A service celebrating the life of Jean Isham will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2015, at Prescott United Methodist Church. The family welcomes memorials made in Jean's honor to either the Prescott Art Docents or the Prescott United Methodist Church.

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